Alabama Football: 5 Former Tide Players Have Shot at NFL Rookie of the Year

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Alabama Football: 5 Former Tide Players Have Shot at NFL Rookie of the Year
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Trent Richardson.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide players stormed the the 2012 NFL draft and the free agency as well, but how long will it take for them to become productive? For five players the answer will be "immediately."

Like college football, the only thing that matters in the NFL is "The Big One," the championship. For players and fans of the NFL, it's the Lombardi or bust. As a result, individual performances don't matter much if your team doesn't win the Super Bowl. 

For most Alabama fans, however, it matters a great deal. Fans of the Crimson Tide typically don't have unbreakable loyalties to NFL teams as they just want to see former 'Bama boys do well at the next level, regardless of what team they play for.

As for those individual performances, five former Crimson Tide players have a good shot at making waves and becoming either offensive or defensive rookies of the year.  

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